Saturday, June 22, 2013

Peony Tea Shop Jasmine Pearls

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: mottled green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: pale gold

I don't often have scented teas but when I do they are a bit of a decadent indulgence. This version from Peony Tea Shop was exactly that. The base green tea was delicately vegetal. There was just a touch of refreshing astringency but it was not bitter at all. According to their website, these pearls were made by rolling the leaves with freshly bloomed jasmine petals up to seven times. The jasmine added a sweet and almost creamy floral note that lingered in my palate after each sip. It wasn't overdone or perfumy, just. As they unfurled I was happy to see that the leaves were primarily made up of whole bud sets. No matter how many times I've had this type of tea, I'm still amazed at how they get the leaves to roll up into such tiny balls. One can't help but be filled with gratitude for the artisans who craft these teas for us to enjoy.

You can find out more about this tea here.